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Friday, November 30, 2018

Let's Make Love (1960)

A world famous French billionaire (Yves Montand) hears that he is being spoofed in an off Broadway show so he decides to check it out. When he sees the gorgeous star (Marilyn Monroe) suddenly he becomes interested. In a bit of irony, he is cast playing himself in the show while everyone else think he's a lookalike. Directed by George Cukor, this is the weakest of Monroe's starring vehicles. The big problem is there's not enough Marilyn! Indeed, Montand gets the bulk of screen time with Monroe relegated to "the girl". The problem is increased because Monroe and Montand have zero chemistry with each other. Montand is fine in his French films but in his English language films, he's awkward and stilted. There's a third character played by Frankie Vaughan who gets too much screen time and he's a cipher too. The screenplay is hackneyed and at this stage of her career, Monroe deserved better. She does have a terrific opening number singing Cole Porter's My Heart Belongs To Daddy but after that, it does a slow fizzle. With Gene Kelly, Bing Crosby, Tony Randall, Milton Berle, Wilfrid Hyde White and Madge Kennedy.

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